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Guilty Pleasures

For all intents and purposes there is no reason why anyone should like these movie. Don't believe me, ask any movie critic. Heck ask any of your friends who saw the movie. I don't care I'm going to watch it anyway. Just don't tell anyone.

Many of these movies have a IMDB rating in the 6.- range. I can only imagine that this is due to fans of the movies rating it higher than it actually deserves.

1)High Road to China (1983)
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Starring: Tom Select, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Wilford Brimley

Yeah buddy, give me a movie with a biplane and I'm going to watch it. I really love this movie. I like the comedy, I like the action, I like the feel of it. There are few rough spots but I can forgive 'em.

Rated: 5.5out of 10 at IMDB


2) The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001)
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Starring:Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

What can I say, the critics thought it sucked but both movies did good in the box office. Critics don't know everything. Brendan Fraser is not going to win any Oscars but you know what? He's perfect in these movies.

Oh, and disregard the comment on IMDB about the "Sten guns" being a goof. There are no Sten guns in Mummy Returns. They are MP18s or MP28 Bergmans. an excellent choice of submachine gun for 1933.

I think I prefer Mummy returns over The Mummy. Better chick fight in it.

Mummy rated: 6.5out of 10 at IMDB
Mummy Returns rated: 6.1out of 10 at IMDB

3) Return to Oz (1985)
Directed by: Walter Murch
Starring: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

While based on other Oz books, I do not consider this a sequel to the 1939 movie.

It is hard to believe this dark story was made by Disney. Return to Oz more faithful to the Oz Series of books and introduce characters from books 2 and 6. The characters are no longer people in suits. There's a lot of cool stuff in the story that will thrill people who've actually read the books.

Good movie, just not what the critics were expecting.

Rated: 6.3 out of 10 at IMDB

4) Spy Kids (2001)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002),
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara

I don't which is worse, that these are kids movies or that I even like the last one. Good clean family fun. If nothing else you should see the first one.

Spy Kids rated: 6.2 out of 10 at IMDB
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams rated: 5.8 out of 10 at IMDB
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over rated: 4.8 out of 10 at IMDB

5)The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Directed by: John Milius
Starring:Sean Connery, Candice Bergen

There is absolutely no reason to accept Sean Connery as Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli the Magnificent, an Arab war lord, but the movie rocks. Brian Keith is great as Teddy Roosevelt. And Candice Bergen is terrific as the damsel in distress.

Rated: 6.9 out of 10 at IMDB

6) Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Starring:Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson

Sci-fi supposed thriller. Bounty hunters compete to rescue not one but three princesses from an evil dude and run into a local cute chick in the process. The movie was made a year before Sixteen Candles.

Rated: 4.2 out of 10 at IMDB

7) The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
Directed by: Des McAnuff
Starring: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, Piper Perabo

Yep, I'm the guy who bought the DVD when he saw it in the bargain bin for $5. I love this movie. I was dropped on my head when I was a kid.

Rated: 4.3 out of 10 at IMDB (Must be a mistake! That high really?)

8) Young Einstein (1988)

Directed by: Yahoo Serious
Starring:Yahoo Serious, Odile Le Clezio,John Howard

There is absolutely no reason to watch this movie. But for some reason I do. what if albert Einstein was born in Tasmania and came up with the theory of relativity by splitting a beer atom? What if he invented rock-n-roll? Absolutely stupid. I love it.

Rated: 4.6 out of 10 at IMDB (that is generous)

9) Last Man Standing (1996)
Directed by: Walter Hill
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

The gangster version of A Fistful of Dollars. Bruce Willis is a hitman who's hired by two warring mafia families to wipe out the other family. Mindless violence.

Rated: 5.6 out of 10 at IMDB

10) Newsies (1992)
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Christian Bale , Max Casella

You got Christian Bale and Vinnie from Doogie Howser playing singing news paper boys. Teddy Roosevelt is Governor of New York and old man Pultizer is the bad guy. Fun movie is you like musicals.

Rated: 5.7 out of 10 at IMDB

11) Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

Pretty good horror movie with good actors and Tim Burton directing. The critics were mixed on the movie. I'm not. If you ever read the story, I mean the real story you'll thankTim burton for throwing than damn book away and making an exciting movie based loosely on the premise of the book.

Comes with an "R" rating and it deserves it

Rated: 7.4 out of 10 at IMDB (Must be a lot Tim Burton fans out there)

Possible Guilty Pleasures

**) From Dawn to Dusk (1999)
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel

Had no idea what I was getting into this when i stumbled onto flipping channels Never heard of it before but I saw that Robert Rodriguez was directing and figured "alright". Now I know what happens when the criminally insane meet up with blood sucking vampires, which don't exist but are here anyway. I'm really not sure if this counts as a guilty pleasure or not because I have no idea if it was panned by the critics. Hard to believe the same director did Spy Kids!

Comes with an "R" rating and it deserves it

Rated: 6.7 out of 10 at IMDB (Must be a lot Tim Burton fans out there)

**) The Fifth Element (1997)
Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich

Kind of weird save the universe quest Sci-fi movie but I like it. Definite must for Bruce Willis fans

Comes with an "PG13" rating but that for the violence and some can't see anything nudity.

Rated: 6.7 out of 10 at IMDB





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